Hermes and Agility:
Combining these methods within the Swiss Post
Todays business environment is increasingly dynamic. For development projects these
dynamics mean rapidly changing requirements. Traditional project management methods
follow a waterfall approach and cannot accommodate for these changes. To address these
dynamics, agile project management methods such as Scrum have been developed.
However, especially in larger corporates switching from waterfall to agile is accompanied
by many challenges. Therefore, the goal of this work is to integrate agile methods into
the waterfall framework Hermes (a framework developed by the Swiss Government).
Possible strategies have been gathered through interviews, an online survey, and a
literature review. This resulted in a guideline tailored to beginners as well as advanced
users. This guideline contains a theoretical introduction followed by examples from a
proof of concept study conducted at the technical department of the Swiss Post. What
remains to be addressed in further studies, is the enforcement of roles and responsibilities
and the implications on change management.
Finally, the thesis statement: “A supporting guideline combining Hermes and agile
methods should support the project management approach within the technical
department of the Swiss Post” could be verified.
Bläsi, Corina, 2023
Art der Arbeit Master Thesis
Betreuende Dozierende Telesko, Rainer
Studiengang: Business Information Systems (Master)